The glitz, glamour and thrill of Hollywood has come to Columbus’s West Side. Today, Penn National Gaming, Inc. (Nasdaq: PENN) rolled out the red carpet for the opening of Hollywood Casino Columbus, the area’s first Las Vegas-style casino. Penn National President and Chief Operating Officer Tim Wilmott officially opened the casino at a 10 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman, two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin, Former Heavyweight Boxing Champion James “Buster” Douglas and Actress Ann-Margret.
“I would like to officially welcome players to the region’s largest and newest gaming destination,” Wilmott said. “We’re thrilled for guests from throughout Ohio and beyond to experience Hollywood’s unique style of premier gaming, dining and entertainment in a luxurious and modern atmosphere.
“Many thanks go to the state of Ohio and the Ohio Casino Control Commission for all of their efforts toward making this day possible. I’m proud of the partnerships we’ve built with the city of Columbus and Franklin County which are resulting in new jobs and tax revenues that are helping to revitalize this area and improve the economy on the West Side and throughout the region,” Wilmott said.
Located just off I-270 at the Georgesville and Broad Street exits, the $400 million entertainment destination employs 2,000 permanent full and part-time team members, in addition to the 3,500 construction jobs created during its development.
The impressive design of Hollywood Casino Columbus captures guests even before setting foot on the casino floor. A five million-gallon reflecting pool flanked by a nearly 50-foot high, V-shaped media wall marks the casino entrance, setting the tone for the Hollywood glamour prevalent throughout the interior. Once in the casino, the gaming floor and surrounding dining areas transport guests to the Golden Age of Hollywood, with elegant chandeliers, art deco columns and posters of movie classics. A giant video ribbon uses the latest technology to play movie trailers, vintage commercials and animation. Flat panel monitors and video trees interspersed among slots and table games allow guests to enjoy entertainment and live sports programming as they play.